Collaborating Digital Social Media For Teaching Science And Arabic in Higher Education During COVID-19 Pandemic

Leon Abdillah, Trian Handayani, Ellen R Rosalyn, Yogi I Mukti


Globalization does not only involve the spread of massive information technology throughout the world. In the early 2020s the world also experienced a global pandemic COVID-19 which plagues almost all countries in the world. COVID-19 forces learning activities di higher education level to be carried out with social distancing concepts. Online learning can be done using a number of popular information technology applications. The study involved college students from the faculty of computer science and engineering. They took courses on enterprise resource planning, human-computer interaction, and research methods. The results showed that COVID-19 did not impede learning activities. A number of social technologies such as Dropbox, Facebook, Google Forms, Moodle, WhatsApp, WordPress, YouTube, and Zoom have seen a surge in usage to support distance learning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. With online distance learning mode, all learning activities can be done with the concept of work from home. This learning scheme can be used not only for science and technology fields but also Arabic learning.


Arabic Learning, COVID-19; Digital Media; Higher Education; YouTube; Zoom

Full Text:



Abdillah, L.A. (2012). PDF articles metadata harvester. Jurnal Komputer Dan Informatika (JKI), 10(1), 1–7. Retrieved from

Abdillah, L.A. (2013). Students learning center strategy based on e-learning and blogs. Seminar Nasional Sains Dan Teknologi (SNST) Ke-4 Tahun 2013, F3. 15-20 PDF. Retrieved from

Abdillah, L.A. (2014a). Knowledge Management Systems. Retrieved from Computer Science for Education website:

Abdillah, L.A. (2014b). Managing information and knowledge sharing cultures in higher educations institutions. The 11th International Research Conference on Quality, Innovation, and Knowledge Management (QIK2014). Bandung: Monash University, Australia & Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia.

Abdillah, L.A. (2014c). Research Methods. Retrieved from

Abdillah, L.A. (2017). Enriching Information Technology Course Materials by Using Youtube. The 5th International Conference On Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science and Information Technology (AICSIT2017), 75–82.

Abdillah, L.A. (2018). Human-Computer Interaction. Retrieved from

Abdillah, L.A. (2019a). Analisis Aplikasi Mobile Transportasi Online Menggunakan User Experience Questionnaire pada Era Milenial dan Z. JSINBIS (Jurnal Sistem Informasi Bisnis), 9(2), 204–211.

Abdillah, L.A. (2019b). Enterprise Resource Planning. Retrieved from Computer Science & Information Systems website:

Abdillah, L.A. (2020a). FinTech E-Commerce Payment Application User Experience Analysis during COVID-19 Pandemic. Scientific Journal of Informatics (SJI), 7(2), 265–278.

Abdillah, L.A. (2020b). Green Computer Science Millennial Students Examination. 2nd International Conference on Quran and Hadith Studies Information Technology and Media in Conjunction with the 1st International Conference on Islam, Science and Technology, ICONQUHAS2018 & ICONIST2018.

Abdillah, L.A. (2020c). Stigma Terhadap Orang Positif COVID-19. In Pandemik COVID-19: Antara Persoalan dan Refleksi di Indonesia. Medan: Yayasan Kita Menulis.

Abdillah, L.A., Rofiq, A. A., & Indriani, D. E. (2018). Information Technology Utilization in Environmentally Friendly Higher Education. Proceedings of the Built Environment, Science and Technology International Conference 2018, 350–355. Surabaya: Faculty of Science and Technology (FSTI) The State of Islamic University of Sunan Ampel (UINSA) Surabaya.

Abdillah, Leon A. (2019). Empowering Digital Social Media in Organizing Computer Science Students Higher Education Assignments. The 4th International Conference of Islamic Education (ICIED2019), 426–433. Retrieved from

Aini, O. N., & Abdillah, L. A. (2006). Perangkat Lunak Bantu Mengenal Huruf Arab Melayu Ke Bentuk. Jurnal Ilmiah MATRIK, 8(3), 317–334.

Al-Ajlan, A., & Zedan, H. (2008). Why moodle. 12th IEEE International Workshop on Future Trends of Distributed Computing Systems, pp. 58–64.

Awad, E. M., & Ghaziri, H. M. (2007). Knowledge Management. New Delhi, India: Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt. Ltd. (Pearson Education).

Becerra-Fernandez, I., & Sabherwal, R. (2015). Knowledge Management: Systems and Processes (2nd ed.). New York, USA: Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

Berndtsson, M., Hansson, J., Olsson, B., & Lundell, B. (2008). Thesis Projects: A Guide for Students in Computer Science and Information Systems. In Thesis Projects.

Buheji, M., & Ahmed, D. (2020). Implications of Zoom and Similar Apps on ‘Flip-class’ Outcome in the New Normal. International Journal of Learning and Development, 10(3), 1.

Costello, E. (2013). Opening up to open source: Looking at how Moodle was adopted in higher education. Open Learning, 28(3), 187–200.

Dix, A., Finlay, J., Abowd, G. D., & Beale, R. (2004). Human–computer interaction. In Systems, Controls, Embedded Systems, Energy, and Machines.

Fleck, B. K. B., Beckman, L. M., Sterns, J. L., & Hussey, H. D. (2014). YouTube in the Classroom: Helpful Tips and Student Perceptions. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 14(3), 21–37.

Kemp, S. (2020). Social media users pass the 4 billion mark as global adoption soars. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from We Are Social website:

Kohnke, L., & Moorhouse, B. L. (2020). Facilitating Synchronous Online Language Learning through Zoom. RELC Journal.

Lai, C. C., Shih, T. P., Ko, W. C., Tang, H. J., & Hsueh, P. R. (2020). Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19): The epidemic and the challenges. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 55(3), 105924.

Lin, L., Lu, L., Cao, W., & Li, T. (2020). Hypothesis for potential pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection--a review of immune changes in patients with viral pneumonia. Emerging Microbes & Infections.

MacKenzie, I. S. (2013). Human-computer interaction: An empirical research perspective. Waltham, MA, USA: Newnes.

Manca, S., & Ranieri, M. (2016). Facebook and the others. Potentials and obstacles of Social Media for teaching in higher education. Computers and Education, 95, 216–230.

Monk, Ellen; Bret, W. (2013). Concepts in enterprise resorce planning. Boston, MA, USA: Cengage Learning.

Moore, J. L., Dickson-Deane, C., & Galyen, K. (2011). E-Learning, online learning, and distance learning environments: Are they the same? Internet and Higher Education, 14(2), 129–135.

Mufidah, N., Bin-tahir, S. Z., Iqra, U., & Maluku, B. (2018). Arabic Acquisition Through Facebook Group Learning. IJAZ ARABI: Journal of Arabic Learningbi: Journal of Arabic Learning, 1(1), 30–36. Retrieved from

Mufidah, N., & Mohammad Idrees, M. U. H. (2020). Self-Learning Strategy in Teaching Speech Skills to Face COVID 19/ استراتيجية التعلم الذاتي في تعليم مهارات الكلام لمواجهة COVID 19. Ijaz Arabi Journal of Arabic Learning, 3(1), 33–45.

Mufidah, N., Suryawati, D., Sa’adah, N., & Bin Tahir, S. Z. (2019). Learning Arabic Writing Skill Based on Digital Products. Ijaz Arabi Journal of Arabic Learning, 2(2), 185–190.

Nikolic, S., Stirling, D., & Ros, M. (2018). Formative assessment to develop oral communication competency using YouTube: self- and peer assessment in engineering. European Journal of Engineering Education, 43(4), 538–551.

Nurbayan, Y., Sauri, S., Hermawan, W., & Sanusi4, A. (2020). An Innovation in Balāgah Wa Uslūbiyyah Course Through Blended Learning. IJAZ ARABI: Journal of Arabic Learning, 3(1), 132–145. Retrieved from

Putra, A. S. (2020). Teknologi Informasi (IT) Sebagai Alat Syiar Budaya Islam Di Bumi Nusantara Indonesia. SINASIS (Seminar Nasional Sains), 1(1), 567–573.

Ractham, P., & Firpo, D. (2011). Using Social Networking Technology to Enhance Learning in Higher Education: A Case Study using Facebook. Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Rashid, M., Hossain, L., & Patrick, J. (2002). The evolution of ERP Systems: A historical perspective. In Enterprise Resource … (pp. 1–16). Idea Group Publishing.

Rowlands, I., Nicholas, D., Russell, B., Canty, N., & Watkinson, A. (2011). Social media use in the research workflow. Learned Publishing, 24(3), 183–195.

Setiadi, A. (2016). Pemanfaatan Media Sosial untuk Efektifitas Komunikasi. Cakrawala - Jurnal Humaniora, 16(2), 1–7. Retrieved from

Sobri, M., & Abdillah, L. A. (2013). Aplikasi belajar membaca iqro’ berbasis mobile 1). Seminar Nasional Teknologi Informasi Dan Multimedia (Semnasteknomedia2013). Retrieved from

The World FactBook. (2020). Languages. Retrieved from

WHO. (2020a). Coronavirus (Covid-19) Dashboard (New Website). Retrieved April 13, 2020, from

WHO. (2020b). WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020. Retrieved from

WHO. (2020c). WHO Director-General’s remarks at the media briefing on 2019-nCoV on 11 February 2020. Retrieved from

Williams, T. (2020). Breaking the chain of infection. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 30(4), 83–84.



  • There are currently no refbacks.